Julia Buitink is research director at the Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement (INRAE), and works at the Institute of Horticulture and Seeds in Angers, France. She earned her PhD in Plant Sciences at the Wageningen University on biophysics and seed survival in the dry state. Her current research focusses on understanding the regulatory pathways and molecular mechanisms underlying the acquisition of physiological seed quality during seed development and its expression upon subsequent imbibition to ensure rapid and homogenous seedling emergence. Her research combines systems biology approaches and functional genomics, and exploits the large natural genetic variation within the legume family. She is the current President of the International Seed Science Society.